China will continue to suspend outbound and inbound group tours in a move aimed to prevent international travelers from bringing the coronavirus into the country.
The decision was made due to the risk of a resurgence in COVID-19 cases across the country this winter, authorities said yesterday.
To prevent international travelers from bringing the contagion into the country, Beijing says it will continue to suspend outbound group tours and ban travel agencies from allowing inbound tours.
'At present, the coronavirus outbreak is still spreading globally, and the risk of new sporadic cases and local outbreaks in the country, especially in autumn and winter, still exists,' the country's Ministry of Culture and Tourism warned in a notice on Wednesday.
Its curbs on outbound group tours have had a debilitating impact on the tourism industry in countries such as Thailand which have become heavily reliant on Chinese tourists over the years.
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